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Updated: May 28, 2013 7:38PM

AURORA — Aldermen approved zoning and final plans for Aurora’s new downtown library Tuesday night.

The series of zoning votes were mostly unanimously approved by aldermen. But Alderman Rick Lawrence, 4th Ward, did vote against the library’s final plan for the building.

The new $28 million main library facility will be 92,000 square feet and built on land that was purchased in 2009. The site was the former home of the Beacon-News building.

The new library is expected to open to the public by late 2014 or early 2015, according to library spokesman Amy Roth.

The Aurora Public Library will host a groundbreaking ceremony at 2 p.m. on May 1 at the construction site of the new library at the southwest corner of River and Benton streets.

RiverEdge trail agreement

Aldermen also unanimously approved an agreement that allows the city to close the Fox River Trail during peak periods at the new RiverEdge Park.

Under the one-year agreement with the Fox Valley Park District, the city will be allowed to detour foot and bike traffic along the riverfront trail during up to five events per year in order to provide additional capacity in the park during high-volume concerts.

The detour of the Fox River Trail, between Illinois Avenue and New York Street, would be limited to one hour before the gates open for an event to one hour after an event ends.

Instead, bicycle and path pedestrians would likely be detoured to the west river path.

The RiverEdge Park Music Garden is scheduled to open for its first public festival at Blues on the Fox in June.

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